Category «Health»

NDA recalls about four million lifeguard condoms

National drug Authority has directed Marie stopes Uganda to recall the batches of life guard condoms said to be non- complaint with the quality standards. The call is contained in a letter signed by the director products safety at NDA, Victoria Nambasa to pharmacist in charge, Marie stopes Uganda. According to Nambasa , the safety loopholes were discovered during routine past market surveillance by NDA after the condoms were distributed despite failure to comply with the standards. The Authority has demanded that Marie stopes provides details of distribution of the products, a list of clients notified of the recall, a list of clients who responded to the recall communication and a list of clients that didn’t respond. It has also …

Kadaga asks government to close health facilities without toilets

By Moses Kyeyune The Speaker of Parliament has asked the government to close health facilities that operate without toilets or pit latrines. This is after a revelation by the Assistant Commissioner Environmental Health in the Ministry of health Julian Kyomuhangi that 85 percent of government facilities have no such facilities. The Speaker was on Friday presiding at the inaugural Water and Sanitation Symposium at Parliament. She said such facilities should be closed, lest people get diseases. “We should close them; I think we should create a crisis in this country, close them and then the government will wake up,” said Kadaga. She added, “We deal with emergencies on the road, emergency here and there why not an emergency in the …

Ministry of health to investigate measles, polio vaccination side effects

By Juliet Nalwooga Health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has said that they are currently investigating some cases of side effected said to be attributes to the recent Measles-Rubella, polio vaccination There have been concerns that the vaccines used had some grave side effects. Dr. Aceng has clarified that they have recorded so far 90 complaints that are currently being monitored, to include routine fevers, and simple skin rashes. She however maintains the vaccines used have been are secure and safe, and that their investigations so far have ruled out death attributed to the use of the vaccine

Health ministry hits target in measles Rubella and polio vaccination

By Juliet Nalwooga The ministry of health has revealed that it hit the target in the in the Measles-Rubella and polio vaccination campaign that was launched in October this year. Addressing journalists in Kampala, the health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said that they planned to immunize about 18 million children countrywide against the Measles-Rubella disease and over 19 million where immunized by 20th October 2019. She however noted that about 7 million children were vaccinated against polio out of the targeted 8.2 million children urging parents and guardians to always take their children for vaccination as the vaccines are available, free and safe. This was the largest vaccination campaign for the country as 3 vaccines where being delivered at …

500,000 Mayuge residents to be treated for bilharzia, shs1b to be spent

BY Philip Wafula Over 500,000 residents of Mayuge are receiving mass drug administration of Praziquantel and Albendazole to fight bilharzia and intestinal worms respectively under a three-year project, which is funded through Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). This project aims at raising awareness about NTDs. The exercise, that started on Tuesday across 512 villages, 13 Sub-counties and is being overseen in 42 health centres by about 1,074 village health teams [VHTs], will end on Thursday, while Friday has been gazetted for reporting. According to Mr. Moses Arinaitwe, the programme officer, Bilharzia and Worm Control Programme in the Ministry of Health,  Mayuge was selected because it has one of the highest prevalence rates of bilharzia and soil transmitted helminths . “Bilharzia is …